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WHAT IS TEEN COURT?

Teen Court is a non-profit program that gives first-time youthful offenders, between the ages of 9 and 17, a second chance; yet holds them fully accountable for their actions. Misdemeanor offenses, such as larceny, simple assault, affray, property damage, drug possession, alcohol possession, and others are heard in Teen Court. The defendant must stand before a jury of their peers, plead guilty to the offense and accept the sanctions imposed by the jury. Teen volunteers, aged 9 to 17, act as Defense Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Bailiff, Court Clerk and Jurors. The only participating adult is the Judge, who is a licensed Attorney or actual presiding Judge.

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WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF TEEN COURT?
The program is based on the philosophy that a youthful law violator is less likely to continue to be a repeat offender when a jury of their peers decides the appropriate punishment. It is anticipated that Teen Court will interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior by promoting feelings of self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement and a healthy attitude toward authority. Teen Court challenges the offenders, as well as the volunteer teens to perform at their highest level of ability.

WHAT SENTENCES ARE IMPOSED?
Teen Court sanctions include:
• Community Service
• Jury Duty
• A Skills Group that may focus on making appropriate choices, peer-pressure, decision-making, substance abuse issues and the effects of stealing on the community.
• Monetary Restitution
• The jury may also impose written or verbal apologies and or essays.
After the Teen Court sanctions are successfully completed within the 90 day time limit, the offense is dismissed in Juvenile Court. If the defendant does not complete or rejects the sentence, their case is returned to the referral source and it is assumed that District or Juvenile Court will be pursued.

WHERE IS TEEN COURT?
Cases are heard at the Wake County Courthouse on South Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh, two Tuesdays per month. First time defendants and attorneys will meet at 5:15. Volunteers and the public will meet at 5:45. 

See this year's schedule for exact dates.
FUNDING INFORMATION
Capital Area Teen Court is a non-profit organization funded by Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) which is a division of the NC Department of Public Safety (DPS.) We are a part of ReEntry Inc. More information can be found here. 
JCPC RESPONSIBILITIES
• Reviews the needs of juveniles in the county who are at risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or delinquent.
• Reviews the resources available to address those needs.
• Prioritizes community risk factors.
• Determines the services needed to address those problems areas.
• Develops a request for proposal for services in need.
• Submits a written funding plan to the county commissioners for approval.
• Evaluates program performance.
• Increases public awareness of the causes of delinquency and strategies to reduce the problems.
• Develops strategies to intervene, respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at risk of delinquency.
• Provides funds for treatment, counseling, or rehabilitation services.
TYPES OF JCPC SERVICES
• Counseling.
• Home-based Family Services.
• Treatment Centers.
• Psychological Services.
• Residential Group Homes.
• Restitution Programs.
• Specialized Foster Care .
• Shelter Care.
• Guided Growth Programs.

HOW TO DONATE TO TEEN COURT
Tax deductible donations to Capital Area Teen Court (a non-profit organization) can be made by contacting
 the executive director at (919)-856-7594.

GENEROUS DONATIONS / CONTRIBUTIONS THIS YEAR

Messrs. Dean & Rick Ramey
Dean Ramey Insurance Co.
P.O. Box 17967
Raleigh, NC 27619
 
Scheick-Verrochi
Family Foundation, Inc.
1020 Dickerson Circle
Raleigh, NC 27614
 
Ms. Lorie Cramer, Esq.
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
Wake County Courthouse
Box K-11
Raleigh, NC 27602

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